A comparison of two methods of foot health education: The Fremantle Diabetes Study Phase II

M. Baba, J. Duff, Laurence Foley, Wendy Davis, Timothy Davis

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    Abstract

    Aims

    To compare the effectiveness of two different methods of education on foot health, behaviours and attitudes in patients with type 2 diabetes.

    Methods

    Community-based patients were consecutively allocated to written education (Group A) or an interactive educator-led session (Group B). A quantitative Foot Score (maximum 90 points score based on severity of treatable pathology), the Nottingham Assessment of Functional Foot Care (NAFFC) survey score (maximum 30 points reflecting frequency of foot care behaviours) and a 6-question survey of attitudes to foot complications were administered at baseline and 3 months.

    Results

    154 patients (mean ± SD age 68 ± 10 years, 59.7% males, median [interquartile range] diabetes duration 11.5 [5.6-18.9] years) were recruited. There was a greater change (Δ) in Foot Score from baseline to 3 months in Group A (8.3 ± 3.6, Δ - 1.8 (95% CI: -2.4 to -1.2) vs Group B (6.8 ± 2.6, Δ - 0.1 (-0.7 to 0.4); P <0.001), but no change in NAFFC survey score in either group (P = 0.13). In the attitudes survey, Group B felt they better understood how to prevent foot complications than Group A after education (P = 0.031).

    Conclusions

    Written information was more effective at improving foot health while interactive education improved confidence in undertaking preventive measures, suggesting that the most effective foot care education should include both components.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)155-162
    JournalPrimary Care Diabetes
    Volume9
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Apr 2015

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